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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 12, 2012 - Go Where They Are

By Ken Horn

Peggy and I were pastoring our first church when we made friends with an unsaved couple in our community. We felt compelled to do what we could to lead them to Christ. So we had to meet them on grounds that were comfortable to them.

We got together for the first time in a bowling alley. After three of us had rolled the first frame, my friend got up from the scorer’s chair, and I slid in to take his place. He had rolled his first ball, and as I marked his score it suddenly dawned on me that sitting in front of me were his burning cigarette and open can of beer! I shot from my seat, fearing that a church member would happen by, think the items were mine, and my first pastorate would be a short one.

A pastor friend received a call one night from a church member who asked him to retrieve her alcoholic husband from a bar. He dutifully complied but did not arrive until the man had drunk himself into a state of inebriation. The pastor got him to his feet, hooked the man’s arm over his shoulder, and laboriously struggled out the door.

Just as the two of them staggered onto the street, a church member drove by, assumed the worst, and started a (short-lived) rumor.

Christians struggle with the tension between the admonition to “come out from among them and be separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17, NKJV) and Paul’s example of being “all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22).

I believe the desire to reach the lost should take us into some risky places or situations … if that is our purpose for being there. God certainly opens doors unexpectedly. But sometimes it is up to us to put ourselves where there are more opportunities for doors to open. I applaud the many churches and individuals who are finding ways to do that today.

— Ken Horn is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Snapshots (khorn.agblogger.org).

 

 

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